is trying to write him off, something is going on. >> right. i think that, yeah, i think she's feeling that he is catching up to her, and it just feels so predictable to me. the idea that people were writing tim pawlenty off -- i know you were not. he was on the show before. it's like jeff bellami writes this story, and is he going to be the first to drop out. he then says i'm being too managed. i'm going to be myself. >> bachmann as the frontrunner in iowa, if she doesn't win the straw poll, everybody will say a mile wild and an inch deep. pawlenty needs something to jump-start his campaign. >> let's step back, a half a step. rick perry is sitting down there in texas about to get in this race, everybody thinks. now, you know, he hasn't said yes, and no candidate is in until they say yes, but, you know, the shape of this race is going to change whether he gets in or not, so that's another big factor. put the straw poll aside.